June 10, 2013
Good management team proves successful
Canny governance and a lot of hard work has won Te Awahohonu Forest Trust the 2013 Ahuwhenua Trophy for Māori Excellence in Farming.
The trust runs more than 16,000 ewes and 1000 breeding cows on its 2600 hectare Tarawera Station on the Napier-Taupo road.
Trustee Bob Cottrell says it’s tough and steep land, and it has taken years to build up the operation.
He says the trust has built up a good management team who understand its needs, and even though most of the managers are Pakeha they are considered part of the whānau.
Te Awahohonu has invested in more land, as it wants to use Tarawera as a breeding operation and finish its stock on easier land elsewhere in the Hawkes Bay.
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